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NCCN Guidelines for Patients

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Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, Version 1.2017

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Making treatment decisions

Questions to ask

What’s my diagnosis and prognosis?

It’s important to know that there are different types of cancer. Cancer can greatly differ even when

people have a tumor in the same organ. Based on your test results, your doctors can tell you which

type of cancer you have. He or she can also give a prognosis. A prognosis is a prediction of the pattern

and outcome of a disease. Knowing the prognosis may affect what you decide about treatment.

1. Where did the cancer start? In what type of cell?

2. Is this cancer common?

3. Is this a fast- or slow-growing leukemia?

4. What is the ALL cell subtype and cytogenetic subtype? What does this mean for me and my

treatment options?

5. How often will I have bone marrow tests?

6. How often will I have spinal fluid tests?

7. What other test results are important to know?

8. How often are these tests wrong?

9. Would you give me a copy of the pathology report and other test results?

10. Can the cancer be cured? If not, how well can treatment stop the cancer from growing?